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Best Lens for Europe Travel

edited March 2013 Posted in » Nikon Lens Talk
Hi @Moose. I know there's already been lots of questions on the best lens for travel, but I'm hoping you can help me out anyway! I recently purchased a D5100 with the basic 18-55mm lens and I'm new to photography.

I'll be going to Europe soon, and I'm thinking about getting the 55-200mm Nikkor lens to go with my 18-55mm lens. Do you think this will be enough range to cover most travel shots (some landscapes, people etc)? I know an all in one lens like the 18-200mm and 18-300mm lenses are more convenient for travel, but considering I have a wedding coming up to pay for and I'm new to photography I'm happy to start cheaper and work my way up. I don't want to spent too much so I'm willing to sacrifice this convenience.

Grateful for your help!


  • edited March 2013
    Might I recommend that if you do get a 55-200mm get the one with VR; Nikon 55-200mm VR AF-S f/4-5.6G ED

    I like mine. Any other telephoto options seem to be pretty spendy! Some prefer the 55-300mm for a little more reach, however at the long end the performance may not stack up, so that is mostly a personal preference call.
  • edited March 2013
    Thanks Moose! That's very helpful and all makes sense; your visual guides are just what I needed. I think I'll start with the 55-200mm for now and if the budget affords might splurge out on a 35mm or 55mm.
  • @clee - Glad to help...have a great trip! :)
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